Check in at LPL: The Library Newsletter

Our Mission: Lafayette Public Library brings community, information,
and ideas together to inspire literacy, learning, and discovery.

To Do at the Library
Computer Coaching


The Library is closed for Labor Day weekend and maintenance on September 1, 2, and 3. We reopen on Tuesday, September 4 at 10 am.
Book drops are closed August 31 at 5 pm, and reopen September 4 at 8:30 am. There are no items due September 1-4.


Summer Reading logo


We read, we played, we read more, and we picked up prizes. And here are the Summer Reading results: Nearly 4000 readers participated in this year's program, and our program grew by 12% over last year. Ta da! We are a reading, learning community!

How did we do with Summer Reading? We'd love your input!

Thanks to our teen volunteers, to our sponsors, and especially to the Friends of the Library, for helping present a valuable summer reading experience for our community. We all rock!


Volunteer at the Library
Our library is a one-of-a-kind place, a special space that both reflects our community’s values and helps define where we live. There’s a lot to do here, and our capable team of more than 250 volunteers gives us the time and energy to carry out our mandate.  We’re always looking for new volunteers, and currently have openings for the following:

Circ Aide:  Journey thru our vast collection in search if items requested by our Front Range Library Consortium customers!
Homework Center Tutor:  Welcome young people to our warm and friendly Homework Center. Help them slay their homework dragons!

We're looking for creative and passionate volunteers for these openings.  If you’re interested and fit the description, just fill out our quick and easy online volunteer application and we’ll get back to you. For more information about our program, call Scott at 303-661-1172.  
Friends Book Sale

How to Be a Friend

Great ways to "friend" the library!

  • Buy your books at the Friends Book Sale, August 18-26
  • Purchase items from the Friends’ Bookstore here at the library
  • Donate your like-new books, DVDs and CDs to the Friends’ Bookstore
  • Become a member of the Friends of the Library 
  • Offer your time to the Friends


Museum Passes

Museum Passes Program

Enjoy visits to many participating Denver and Boulder area cultural institutions through the Library's Museum Pass program.

Available to Lafayette resident cardholders.
Book your reservation online using your valid Lafayette Library card number.
Each pass covers 2 or more visitors. 
You may reserve 1 pass per card in a 30-day period, subject to availability. If you need help call 303-661-1163.
Find all the details and a list of participating museums on our website.

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Missing our reminder emails?

If you’ve noticed some trouble receiving our holds notices and reminder emails, here are a couple easy fixes.

  • Next time you’re in, stop by a desk to double-check that we have your current and accurate information.
  • Some email providers work better than others with our system. If your email address ends in ME.COM or iCLOUD.COM, it might be harder for us to reach you.  Think about providing us with a different address if that is an option.

Library text messages

Sign up for our easy text messages

Avoid emails issues and sign up for our easy text messages! You can be notified about holds and overdue items on your phone - you can even renew items via text!

Here’s the short scoop on how to get text messages from the library:

1. Text SIGNUP to 720-893-9151 (or REGISTRESE to receive messages in Spanish). When prompted, enter your Lafayette Library card number (no spaces).
2. You will receive three more messages with introductory information. Want more details? Here you go!
iPads in the Library

10 iPads available to use in the library

Borrow an iPad for up to 2 hours per day, if you are a Lafayette library cardholder in good standing.

Available on a first come, first served basis.
Check out at the Adult Services desk on the upper level. Sign an acknowledgement of the library’s iPad Loan Policy
Minors 11+ need signed permission from a parent or guardian, and a signed Loan Policy. Enjoy!


Downloadable Library
RB Digital magazines
Colorado State Park Passes

It's still summer, despite school openings, so take a quick trip and round out your summer. We have great books, magazines, audiobooks and games for your August travels. Download our goodies, and pick up a Launchpad for kids’ games.

Kids launchpads


We have a new shipment of Playaway Launchpads, created especially for elementary age kids. Launchpads tablets are pre-loaded with games that are appropriate for elementary school ages and do not need internet access. Great for travel!
Launchpads check out for three weeks - try one this summer, especially on those road trips, or in the airport.

STUDIO 775 - Library Makerspace

Studio 775

Studio 775 Makerspace
Open House Hours

Monday, August 6, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Wednesdays, August 1 & 8 1:15 -3:45 pm

It's here - it's staffed, and we have open house hours!
Drop by to observe equipment at work and chat with our volunteer mentors.Check out sample projects in action and learn about the machines’ capabilities! Kids 12 and under need an adult with them. 
We have 3D printers, a Carver router, and a cutter for paper, vinyl, fabric, and more.

We envision Studio 775 as a collaborative, community-driven space where users can learn to use new tech tools in creative ways. In the future we’ll offer special classes, monthly equipment orientations, and weekly drop-in hours for independent project work. 


Lafayette Reads

Over the past year we have been commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI through community book reads and discussion groups. Join us on August 9 at 6 pm for our final discussion, Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen.

"On April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered World War I ... By the time the war ended, nineteen months later, the global world order had dramatically shifted, and decisions made one hundred years ago are still having an impact on our world today." World War I Centennial Commemoration Lafayette Public Library is a partner in the WWI Centennial Commemoration.


Check out our blog posts! We have lots of suggestions for everyone. Like what you see? Check it out or put it on hold. 

Staff Picks
Sports blogpost


Young teens recommend
Kid and teen recommended reads
Reading Buddies
Homework Center
Dewey's Number of the Month
Paws to Read


"Hey kiddos 5 to 10 years old…have we got something fun for YOU on two Sunday afternoons each month!  We invite some very special friends who come just to sit and listen to YOU read to them. 

Now, what’s it called again? Your story time?  Doggie story time? Paws story time? You guessed it!  Paws to Read!! Each month you can read to a very special dog. These guys are trained to pay close attention to every word you read to them (or else they might just fall asleep because you’re such a good storyteller).

You don’t have to be the best reader in all of Lafayette, you just have to love dogs, books, and hanging out in the library with dogs and books. You’ll even get to pet these special friends while reading for 15 minutes. Ask mom or dad to bring you in – Hamilton, Lulu, Norm, Mazzie, Tasha, Montana, Riley and Lily are waiting to read with YOU!" - Ms. Shirley


Melinda Driscoll artwork

Main Gallery

Melinda Driscoll Paintings

Water inspired abstract paintings
"My paintings are meant to be soothing and healing for the soul. My hope is that others feel that when viewing my paintings.
I follow where the paint and color lead me. The texture that forms and the color combinations that expose themselves are the drivers for each piece. I just need to let go of expectations and assumptions and each painting presents itself on the canvas." - Melinda Driscoll

CITY PARTNERS - Arts & Culture

Art Night Out information
Call for atists
Arts in Community grants
Boundaries reception
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